This week's book giveaway is in the General Computing forum. We're giving away four copies of Arduino in Action and have Martin Evans, Joshua Noble, and Jordan Hochenbaum on-line! See this thread for details.
Unfortunately, Word documents are still very obscure. There are only a handful (at most) libraries that really can handle them. I'd check the OpenOffice.org API, as they have made the most progress on reading and writing MS Word files.